Oceano Dunes District School Programs

Distance Learning PORTS Program

Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) program provides FREE live interactive videoconference programs, also known as virtual field trips. K-12 students from California and around the world are connecting with live State Park Interpreters and learning academic content standards within the context of California’s dynamic state park system. Using platforms like Zoom, Skype and Google Meets, we will connect with your students for these live video conferencing programs.  Student participation is encouraged as we design these programs to be very interactive!

The primary focus of PORTS are students that have experienced geographic and socio-economic barriers to participate in state park programs, or in current situations like those presented by COVID-19. By reaching directly into "remote" classrooms now, students are able to interact directly with park professionals and access their California State Parks in a way not always possible due to current restrictions and limited access.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the Oceano Dunes District is offering 3 virtual field trip programs:

Chumash Education at the Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center (3rd Grade only)

This program is designed to meet 3rd grade curriculum standards.  Students will learn about the Northern Chumash Native American culture and traditions. A State Park Interpeter broadcasts live from the park to virtually explore with students as we learn about the natural resources around the Oceano Lagoon.

Discovering the Dunes at Oceano Dunes SVRA 

Students of all ages will learn about how the rock cycle and other natural forces form the coastal sand dune habitat.  As a State Park Interpreter broadcasts live from the sand dunes, students enjoy the live element of seeing the beach and sand dune habitat in real time! 

Western Monarch Butterflies at Pismo State Beach 

State Park Interpreters will bring the magic of the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grover directly to your classroom in a digital format.     This lesson covers the butterfly lifecycle, migration routes, and the importance of conserving the food sources and overwintering habitats of the Western Monarchs. 

To schedule your virtual fieldtrip, please visit the www.ports-ca.us